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Frances Gainer Davey of Gloucester, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 17, 2018, at the age of 59. 

She was the daughter of Rosemary Layman Gainer and Patrick Anthony Gainer (of NASA and the Virginia Symphony), and the granddaughter of Patrick Ward Gainer, renowned folklorist and West Virginia University English Professor.

Frances is survived by her husband of 23 years, Robert “Boh” Davey; and sons, John Lyle Davey, age 19, and Patrick Richard Davey, age 14, as well as siblings, Patrick Lloyd Gainer, Molly Calame, Alice Standin (spouse Gary Standin), and Tina Barton (spouse Michael Barton). She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Michael Gainer.

Frances was driven by music, humor, and family. She was brilliantly talented and highly respected in the field of photorealistic 3D computer rendering for architects and interior designers, once being profiled in Architectural Digest. She also got a laugh and an “I love you, too” from Barack Obama at a campaign event. She was so happy when she got to shake his hand that she blurted out “I love you!”

Frances’s ashes will be interred in the Gainer family plot in Tanner, West Virginia. Memorial service arrangements are pending.

In her memory, donations may be given to PBS: Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Foundation, 2100 Crystal Drive, 3rd Floor, Arlington, Va. 22202 or Public Radio Station WHRO, 5200 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Va. 23508.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.